Who Was Kokopelli?

kokopelliOne summer I found in the reduced price bin at a local department store the book “She who remembers” by Linda Lay Shuler. I was immediately pulled into the story and later discovered that it was only the first in a series of 3 amazing books. What intrigued me was the mention of a “Rune” carving way down in the southern States and I felt immediately drawn to the character of Kokopelli.

First I researched all I could find about Kokopelli. Then I decided to create the graphic on the left above. Next I used the graphic as a stencil and stenciled it on a piece of stone.

kokopelli stenciled on stone

The story of Kokopelli below is from the website Kokopelli.com

Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyhs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of his hunch-backed flute-playing figure has been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.

There are many myths of the famous Kokopelli. One of which is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing about rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. Legend also has it that the flute playing also symbolized the transition of winter to spring. Kokopelli’s flute is said to be heard in the spring’s breeze, while bringing warmth. It is also said that he was the source of human conception. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.

Whatever the true meaning of Kokopelli is, he has been a source of music making and dancing, and spreading joy to those around him. Even today, Kokopelli, with his hunchback and flute, is always welcome in our homes.

Then just a couple of days ago I came across this interesting article and it just kind of filled in the picture of who Kokopelli was and how the relates to today’s world.


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